Maradu flat demolition case: No contempt of court charge against Chief Secretary, authorities
New Delhi: Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta denied permission to charge criminal contempt of court against Kerala Chief Secretary and eight others in the Maradu flat demolition case. The petition was filed by the daughter of one of the builders of the apartment complex which are facing demolition.
Holy Faith H2O builder’s daughter had submitted a petition to the Attorney General seeking contempt of court charges against nine including Chief Secretary Tom Jose.
In the petition it was alleged that Chief Secretary and others hid many crucial information and misled the Supreme Court.
AG’s permission is required to seek contempt of court charges against any person. AG K. K. Venugopal recused himself from looking into the petition citing that he had given legal advice to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on the matter of Maradu flat demolition case. He had then handed over the petition to SG Tushar Mehta.
After examining the petition, Mehta denied permission to file the same. He clarified that if officials including Chief Secretary are guilty of criminal contempt of court, other actions can be taken.